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Highland mental health charity seeking help to develop Recovery College

By Alan Hendry

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Centred held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Wick base in May to mark its rebranding.
Centred held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Wick base in May to mark its rebranding.

People with experience of mental ill-health are being invited by Centred, the leading mental health charity in the Highlands, to help develop a "Recovery College".

The organisation – formerly known as Birchwood Highland – has been running co-development groups as part of the initiative. The planned Recovery College will provide courses that "support people on a mental health and/or substance use recovery journey".

Centred, which has a base at Wick Business Park, provides a range of support services throughout the region and runs a residential recovery centre in Inverness.

It says: "People in Highland with lived experience of mental ill-health or substance abuse and a desire to help others through their recovery journey are welcome to join the groups. The co-development groups are working to decide what type and the length of classes, what success will look like, and how the Recovery College can best help students on their recovery journey.

"No formal education or specific employment or volunteer experience is required to take part in the groups. People taking part will be offered training and professional development as a part of the co-development group sessions.

"The development groups are using a conversation café style of meeting, where everyone gets the chance to share, listen and connect."

The Recovery College co-development group meetings will continue on July 8 and 15 at 2pm each day.

Those interested should visit Centred's Eventbrite page or email recovery.college@centred.scot or call 01463 236507.

Centred held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Wick premises in May to celebrate its rebranding. The organisation was established in Inverness as Birchwood 35 years ago but the change of name reflects its person-centred ethos.

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